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Rs. 6 Crore Spent by Bangaluru Local Body for Road repair Goes in Vain

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In yet another mismanagement by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), a road developed by spending Rs. 6 crores, ahead of PM Modi’s visit, caved in a day later, on Tuesday.

The Jnana Bharthi main road in southern Bengaluru was the road that was asphalted. The municipal body covered around a 3.6-km stretch in the area that falls under the Bengaluru university campus. The Prime Minister used the road to travel to the Dr. B R Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) University on Monday.

The road, that was made ready ahead of Modi’s visit on Monday, caved in a day later after a spell of overnight rain. It was part of the 23 crore rupee road development work undertaken as a protocol for the visit.

The BBMP had justified the emergency works undertaken for the PM’s visit. “Workers have toiled day and night to complete the work within a week as the protocol necessitated it”, Ravindra PN, Special Commissioner, BBMP, had said on Tuesday. Now, the portion of the caved-in road near the university campus poses risks to motorists. The road was earlier asphalted in April but had caved in. However, repeated complaints to the municipal body fell on deaf ears.

The cave-in on Tuesday (left). The road was asphalted in April, too, ahead of the PM's visit which was cancelled. It had caved-in even then (right). (Credit: Anantha Subramanyam)

Credits: News18

The BBMP engineers suspect that a leaking water or sewage pipeline underneath the surface has resulted in the cave-in. They blamed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) engineers for not fixing a leaking sewage pipeline underneath the surface that resulted in the road caving in. However, the BWSSB clarified that there was no leakage in the valve chamber.

PM Modi inaugurated the new campus of Dr. BR Ambedkar School of Economics University on Monday and also unveiled Ambedkar’s statue. He also inaugurated the Centre for Brain Research and laid the foundation stone for Bagchi Parthasarathy Multispeciality Hospital at the Indian Institute of Science.

References: News18, News Bytes

Featured Image Source: the Indian Nation

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